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Women & Girls Funders Network Meeting

September 18th, 2023
1:00PM to 2:15PM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Grantmaker, Philanthropic Advisor
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Network Meeting
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Our Network last met in April and we look forward to gathering again in September.

This network is comprised of women’s funds and women, girls and gender equity focused giving circles across Massachusetts AND those foundations and grantmaking institutions with a broader mission that includes a women, girls, and gender equity stream. 

Picking up on the April conversation about what it looks like to ‘disrupt’ conventional philanthropic practices, we will focus on the grant application process, specifically current initiatives around common applications. Join us to learn about the recently released Common Grant Application Language developed by a Philanthropy MA working group.  The goal of this democratizing tool is to reduce the burden on nonprofits and simplify the application process for both grantmakers and grantseekers. You will hear from Kelton Artuso, Associate Director of Programs, about the Common Grant Application Language here in MA, along with efforts happening at the national scale. Betsy Hoody of Wellspring Philanthropic Fund will join to talk about a feminist approach to common applications. She will highlight the work of the Gender Funders CoLab to create a common application with a gender lens and their work with women´s funds.

About our speakers:

Kelton Artuso, Associate Director of Programs, Philanthropy Massachusetts

Kelton serves as Associate Director of Programs at Philanthropy Massachusetts. She leads programming from design to implementation for Member, Network, and Nonprofit Partner Programs as well on Special Initiatives.  She joined Philanthropy MA in September 2017 as Programs and Administrative Associate before moving into her role as Programs and Services Manager in 2018. Kelton is committed to advancing and supporting the social sector. She currently serves as a Steering Comittee member for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy's Boston chapter. Kelton completed her MBA in Public & Nonprofit Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business where she was able to consult with the Wenham Museum, the Skate for the 22 Foundation, and Celebrity Series of Boston. Prior to Business School, Kelton held Visitor Services roles at the Wenham Museum and the Discovery Museums. She received her BA from Mount Holyoke College. 

Betsy Hoody, Senior Program Officer, Women's Rights, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Betsy has been working in feminist and social justice philanthropy for the past twenty years. In that time, Betsy has worked with public and private foundations to move more and better resources to movements and organizations advancing gender, racial, economic, and climate justice across the globe.

Betsy currently works at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, where she manages grantmaking focused on strengthening feminist movements and the feminist funding ecosystem. Prior to Wellspring in 2013, Betsy worked for four years at the Global Fund for Women, supporting feminist activists in Europe and Central Asia. As a Fulbright Community Service grantee, Betsy spent a year in Russia working with women’s rights organizations responding to gender-based violence. Betsy currently serves as the Steering Committee Co-Chair for Gender Funders CoLab and previously served as founding member of the Advisory Committee for FRIDA – The Young Feminist Fund and the founding Steering Committee member for Fenomenal Funds. Betsy received a BA in Political Science and Russian Civilization from the University of Chicago, and an MPA from Princeton University. She is currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

About the Network:

This network is comprised of women’s funds and women, girls and gender equity focused giving circles across Massachusetts AND those foundations and grantmaking institutions with a broader mission that includes a women, girls, and gender equity stream.  This network plans to meet 2 times per year.  The advisors to the network are: Donna Haghighat, Women's Fund of Western MA; Kristina Dakos, Women4Progress; Natanja Craig-Oquendo, Boston Women's Fund.There is a Slack group for this Network.

Registration type: 
Normal registration

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Registration & Program Follow-up Materials: Registration for the program will be closed at 2pm EST on the day before the program is scheduled to take place.  If you register after this point, you will be added to the waitlist and will be able to receive the program recording as well as all follow-up materials from the session.  For fee-based Nonprofit Partner programs, you can request these materials for a discounted rate.  Please note that it may take up to a week to prepare and disseminate those materials to all registrants.

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